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Linklaters and Freshfields announce promotions

Linklaters has promoted two competition lawyers to the partnership in Paris and Beijing, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has strengthened its antitrust group with partner promotions in Europe and the US.

12 April 2021

Latham snags top EU enforcer

Carles Esteva Mosso, the head of the European Commission’s state aid unit and the former head of its merger division, is leaving the EU authority to join the partnership at Latham & Watkins.

12 April 2021

Moldova levies record fine against crop protection cartel

Moldova’s antitrust enforcer has issued its highest-ever fine after concluding that four distributors of crop protection products fixed prices, although the companies claim the probe was motivated by the chairman’s private business interests in that market.

12 April 2021

China hits Alibaba with record fine

China’s competition watchdog has hit homegrown technology company Alibaba with a record-shattering €2.34 billion fine for forcing merchants to exclusively use the platform to distribute their products.

12 April 2021

Australian court halts Epic’s case against Apple

An Australian court has agreed to temporarily halt Epic Games’ allegations that Apple illegally maintains its monopoly over the distribution of applications and in-app payments on its mobile platform while nearly identical claims play out in US court.

09 April 2021

French court declines to block Illumina/Grail merger referral to EU

France's Council of State has rejected an application from Illumina to suspend the national competition authority's referral of its acquisition of Grail to the European Commission, which is the first time the authority has referred a below-threshold deal to the EU agency.

09 April 2021

Romania probes Samsung and key retailers for RPM

Romania’s Competition Council has raided the local Samsung subsidiary alongside the country’s top electronics retailers as it probes potential resale price maintenance agreements.

09 April 2021

EU officials to speak at GCR's first sustainability conference

The heads of the Dutch and German antitrust agencies will speak at GCR Connect: Sustainability and Cooperation later this month, along with the European Commission's head of competition policy and the green deal.

09 April 2021

New Zealand’s criminal cartel regime goes live

New Zealand has launched its long-awaited criminal cartel regime, meaning that price-fixing, market allocation and bid-rigging can now be punished with a jail sentence of up to seven years.

08 April 2021

Uruguay conditionally clears airline deal in first Phase II review

Uruguay’s antitrust authority has imposed remedies on a merger for the first time as it conditionally approved Iberia’s proposed purchase of Air Europa.

08 April 2021

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